Thank you again everyone for being on the line
today. Today, we're talking about teaching
emotional essential life skills with
Gale in Context Elementary. My
name is Amber Winters and I am your
Gale training consultant for the day.
I have a quick agenda here. So first I just
want to briefly go over what Gall and Context
Elementary is to make sure we're all on the same
We're going to walk through the content for the majority
of our time today though. So we're going to see where
we can find this great social, emotional
learning and life skills content.
We're going to talk about how you can utilize
that content. So some different strategies
when we're talking about the different content types
or the different tools within the resource, how you can
utilize those and leverage them in your classroom,
we're going to talk about some support materials just
to give you some extra inspiration. So
if you are planning on getting this information
out to your students, we have a lot of
premade material that can help you out with that.
And then at the end of the session, we should have
time for any questions, but feel free to put them
into the Q and A. As we move along
today, I should be able to answer them kind
of throughout the session. You shouldn't have to wait until the very end.
And then I have some wrap up contact information
for you at the very end as well.
So let's go ahead and just jump right in here. So, first
off Galen context elementary, if
you're new to it, if it's been a while is
you're going to be your resource for your K five
students. And it
includes quite a wide variety of content
everywhere from reference works
which we call book articles and ga context
elementary to make them a little bit more inviting
to newspapers and magazines. We have a great
set of images and video files
as well as different biographies and things like that.
And this is cross curricular. So today, of course,
we're focused on that social emotional learning
kind of section of the resource.
You will find information on science,
people, the world. It's
very, very cross curricular, art and music.
You'll find quite a bit of content for that as
well. And within this platform, we
do have both search and browse capabilities.
We're going to spend our time browsing
today. So you can see how easy it is to
really point and click down to the information that you
need, but we do have both
and our content we're going to take a look at today are
going to be great for Bell Ringers
for station learning. If you're planning on setting
up stations, it's great to
either print off of this resource or
to just have this resource set open
in a station for students. It's really easy for them
to navigate independently.
Also, of course, as you could imagine,
great for project research. That's a lot
of times what we think of when we think about this resource.
But there's so much more than just project
research, also great for group discussions
and things like that.
It especially comes in handy if you have this
link to a learning management system
or if you have access to Google, Google
classroom, you can actually send content
directly from this platform to wherever
you're instructing your students. So
that just gives you another layer of connectivity
with this resource, you'll really be able to get
it into the, the hands of your students really
So again, today, we're talking about the different
emotional and social essential
life skills that we want to teach
our students. So we're going to be
using the topic tree navigation today
when we do jump into the resource and
this is going to move students forward
just point, see a clicking. So this is really great.
Again, if you're maybe having them work independently
or if they're working at home and you want them to access
this content, you don't need to worry about them
building their own search terms, which they may not
be ready for just yet. They can point
and click and narrow it down to exactly what they're looking
when we're talking about our emotional and
social learning information that's
all found within our health topic. We've kind
of included all of that there. So not
only personal health, so physical and mental,
but also relationship health. We've kind of all
included that right into our health category
and that is found right on the home page. So your
students will be able to immediately see where they need
to click into.
And once they do click into that health topic, you'll see,
we've added another layer of
point and click selection to
our topic trees where they're going to be able to narrow down
even further. So they're in this health
section, but maybe they want to learn about getting
along with each other or maybe they're more
concerned about their emotions and kind of how
they're feeling internally.
They'll be able to find all of that content and
you'll be able to find all of that content right?
In this really simple and easy to navigate
and each of these topics are broken down into
topic pages as well. We'll take a look at
that in the resource. They really organize
everything we have available for students. They're going to get
a nice topic overview. If we have
book articles, they'll see those, they'll see images,
they'll see related topics. It's
a really nice one stop shop
for whatever you're planning on doing in your classroom.
So let's go and take a look. Let's see how we can
use this content, how we can find it.
All that good stuff. I haven't seen questions
pop up here
um in the Q and A but I will
pass for just one second here. Are there any questions
about just that very brief overview
we just touched on?
OK, I don't see any. So let's go ahead
and get started then. So this is our Gain Context
elementary home page. I'm
sure most of you are already familiar.
So go ahead, let's go ahead and scroll down here.
And as I mentioned, we're stopping to today, we're starting
today at our health section. That's where we're going to
find all of that social and emotional
So when I click into health here,
I'm just taking to my second level of my topic
tree. So again, we saw this on my slide.
This is giving me more options to see exactly
what I'm looking for.
So let's today. Um Let's worry about
getting along with others. Maybe that's our, you know, that we're
So once I jump down to that next level of
content now is we're going to find
some really specific topics here.
You'll see things like body language, bullying,
different relationships that we're talking
about to understanding others. But what
I want to point out on this page
is this, I wonder question down
here at the bottom. These are really
excellent for Bell Ringers.
You can either copy this question and, you know, post
it yourself or you can have your students
pull up the resource on
their computers or their desks and they can
take a look at this, I wonder they can write out their
and they can hit this find out. So maybe
they want to answer first or maybe they want to find
out first. But when they select, find
out it pulls them
forward to this page, whatever page is related
to the question
and they'll be able to read through and
answer that question.
So a really simple way to get them engaged
with the content. It's right there
on the bottom of that page for them
and it does change periodically. So I
do suggest um having all
of your students sign in at the same time and taking
a look at the same time. I think it's especially
helpful just to have it on your front board.
So you have your smart board, you're projecting
to whatever you're projecting to have this
pulled up and your students will be able to answer
and you can even find out together what's
what different answers are available for them.
Well, let's go ahead and click into one of these topics
here. We'll work as a team
today. That's always a, a
difficult seat when
we're talking about elementary kiddos is getting
them to start working in healthy teams.
So here we are, this is
our topic page. So I want
to mention that I can actually get a link directly
to this topic page. I can actually
get a link to any page within this resource.
So if I want to just
start students off on their learning on this
page, maybe I don't want them clicking all the way through
the resource. I know what content I content
I want them to see and I want them to get there quickly.
I can use this, get link of top here,
and I can get a persistent URL to this page.
So I can really easily copy and paste
this maybe in a discussion board,
maybe on a syllabus. If you're going to have
students utilizing this in a project,
I could even, you know, send it out to parents.
Maybe I want parents to take a look at this page
and help their students at home.
I can use this, get link and get a link to any page.
So back me up just quickly if I decided,
um I wanted to jump back to this option
here. I wanted them to see all of the different topics
related to getting along with others.
I can be on this page again,
use that link in the same spot.
I know they can be bumped here
and this may be great if you want students to find their
So if you want them to start exploring on their own, maybe they're going
to be working in groups, each group is going to
take an individual topic and
then they're going to come together and share out after
or again. If you're planning on doing something like
stations, you can have this pulled forward
just again, a really nice way to get this content
out to your students. But let's stick with
working as a team here.
So just briefly this topic page, I'm gonna
point out some of the key features before we jump
right in here. So you'll see, we get some quick
facts about whatever topic we're looking
at. And then underneath, we see all of the
different content types that are related
to this specific topic here.
So you'll see, we have our book articles, those are
reference works. So shorter reference pieces,
we call them book articles just to make it a little more inviting
if your learning
community has access to Gale ebooks
and you have elementary leveled ebooks.
Those will also appear here as well.
So you'll see, I have a few ebooks that are
attached to my Gale Ebooks account that
are going to populate here for me as well. So I can
actually log into a full ebook right from
Gale and Context Elementary.
You'll see. We've got some pictures, we have a nice
video about supporting each other. So
you will find some social emotional
learning video content here as well.
If I click into this here, I'm just going to
pause it and we're not going to play through it.
But you'll see, this is a short one, this is a minute
and 25 seconds. So a really nice
quick way to get some information over to
students again. And a really nice
bell ringer just to play this nice
short video and have students maybe answer some questions
that you have assigned to them.
You'll see underneath the video itself. We do
include um the full
transcript here. So if students need the transcript,
we have that we also have closed captioning
on all of our videos here as well.
So let's go ahead and jump back
at the very bottom of these topic pages. We also
include related topics. So if your
students are working independently and you want
them to kind of continue learning on their own,
this related topics may be a good place
for them to go as well. So they kind of understand
working as a team now.
So maybe they also want to consider um avoiding
conflict, obviously, that's directly related
to working in a team. So maybe they want to jump to that
But let me scroll up here. I'm just going to hit
keep reading, which is going to launch me into this
overview. It's going to pull forward the full text
and let's talk just a little bit on how we can use
an article within our classrooms here.
So I do want to show you a few different ways to
really make this content as accessible
as possible for students before we talk about
some teaching strategies.
So if you have students who need
um some additional support with their reading,
we have the ability to increase
and decrease the font size here. Scroll
down, you can see that
we also have the option to translate this
So a lot of schools of course, have
a, a large Spanish speaking
population, you can translate
this to Spanish. I know a lot of places
I'm located in Michigan. So a lot of places
especially in Southeast Michigan
have a large student population who speaks Arabic.
So you can also translate to Arabic and
you'll see quite a few different language options
here as well.
So you can if you decide maybe to print
out this article for your students,
you could translate and maybe print some in Spanish,
maybe print them in English. You'll have that
capability here on the platform.
We also have these great display options here.
So again, if you have students who need
special support as they're reading, maybe
they need a background color to help them out.
Maybe they want a different font. You'll see, we do have
a dyslexia font. So if you're working with dyslexic
students or just students who have trouble
reading in general, this font may be helpful
and then you'll see if we can change the line letter word spacing.
So this is really nice to kind of prep before
you work with your students. You'll see now it's quite
a bit different than when it started off as
so this is great to prep before you even
get started. So, you know, your students, best
of course, if you're working with a group
of students who are maybe struggling readers,
you may want to have all of this accessibility
feature turned on and ready to go for them before
you even start reading and, and have it ready.
I'm gonna turn it all off for today
back to my default settings
sorry if I'm trying, I thought there these accessibility
tools do follow along as you move
forward through the session. So
if you're having students maybe read more than one
article. Once you have your parameters
set, you have all your features set, it will follow
along for them.
So another accessibility feature I want
to point out is our leveling options
you'll see at the very top of my page here.
I have the option to view a level one or
level two version of this
document. If I click into level one,
oops, looks like it signed me out
because I left it sitting
in my browser here. There we go. So
I started off here and I just selected level
one here on the left hand side. It's
going to pull forward a lower level of content
and our levels
are a stick with level two.
Um Our levels are based
on Lexa Ranges. So if you want to see the actual
lea of a document that you're planning on working on
you can go to this little article info button
in this right hand corner here
and it gives you the flex measure dropdown. So
you'll see you have two different options for this article.
Of course, one is at that higher level and one is at
that lower, you can toggle here as well.
So again, if you're trying to differentiate, maybe you do
have stations set up and you want some stations
to read the lower level of content. And
maybe you have some students who are excelling who
are may be ready to take a look at the higher level of content.
You can differentiate which students see what
piece of content and they're going to get the same information
just in a few different methods. So I
think this is a really nice feature for you as Well,
if you are working with a pretty diverse
group of students, we are trying to help
you here to have some different reading
But now let's
go ahead and take a look at this article here. So let me spur it onto
the actual text. I will point out you'll see. Sometimes
we have things like words to know, you
may want to bring to your students attention.
You see down here, we have an activity
available here as well.
If I go into my level two,
they'll most likely be slightly different. You'll see this has
this one has another activity, but it's a little bit
more advanced activities. So
these are often times helpful for you. So
if you're looking for a quick, you know,
quick activity to run in your class,
I recommend clicking into some of our articles. A lot
of times you will find we call them
sidebars even though they're in the middle of the page.
you may find activities, you also might
find things like critical thinking questions that you can
post to your students. So you find
a lot of
activity work kind of embedded within
our articles. But what I want to talk
about is close reading.
We actually have a, a great feature, our highlights
and notes feature that make it really helpful
if you're planning on close reading as a group.
So what we've seen a lot of educators do is
pull up whatever article they want to read with their
students. And of course they can pull it up
on their smart board or whatever projector
they're using. Or of course they can have students pull
it up individually.
I think it's most beneficial to pull it up on
the smart board and then work together. So you'll
start to read through this article
and you can ask students, let me know when you think
a piece of content or when you
think a sentence is really important and we're
going to highlight it
so we can run through. And you know, Timmy
told me that this sentence was really
helpful. So we're gonna highlight
that in purple
as you're reading through. Maybe Mary says,
wow, this, this sentence is really,
really important to what we're reading. This is giving us
maybe the the main points of this
page, we can highlight that again,
maybe I have another student who's saying, I don't
really understand what the sentence is.
So maybe that's going to be highlighted in yellow
and we can come back and kind of kind
of dig deeper into this sentence to see
exactly what it means. So this is a really
nice way to get students engaged in the
text instead of just reading through it, they're
going through their highlighting the key points.
Maybe they're highlighting things they don't quite understand.
And again, this can be done together as a large
group where the teacher is herself
is highlighting the bit of information
that students point out or it can be done
and students can have to point it out on their own.
And if we are using this method where we're highlighting
and kind of keeping this information, may
we may want to keep those for later or maybe
students will be turning that into you.
So we have a few different collaborative tools that
may be helpful. So you can actually send
this over to Google classroom. You'll see my Google
classroom icon up top here.
So if you want to send all the information that way,
I'm not signed in, so I won't sign in today.
But you see it pops up into this little
window, you'll be able to create an
assignment, ask a question. Anything
you would be able to do within the native Google
classroom interface and you'll be able to post
it or you can
choose you or your students can choose
to send over to a Google drive or
a one drive and sending over to these drives does
keep the highlights along with the article.
So if you do assign students to
maybe highlighting the key points of an article
or highlighting the things that can, they confuse
them that they found most interesting,
you can have them send it over to a drive or
you can have it, you can have them email it to
you. If you have your email address
handy, you prefer that
it does again keep those highlights
and they can send that over to you.
This can also be downloaded or printed.
So again, if you prefer to have a hard copy,
you have that ability here.
But it's a really nice way to keep this.
So once we have all of this set, we
do kind of aggregate all of our highlights
and notes together on one page as well.
So if you want to take a look at that as a class,
we have them nice and neatly organized in a chart.
If you click into our highlights and notes option here,
you'll see what I have highlighted, but I'm going to hit
and now we'll see the different sentences we have highlighted.
We'll see there are different highlight colors and we
can add notes here.
This is a great way just to have students
kind of see the overall view
of an article. This is really nice. If you want
to help students learn how to summarize
information, you can tell them, you know, highlights
the pieces of this text that are most important
that are going to give someone who's not
reading the actual text and understanding of
what it's saying. So they can highlight,
pull forward into this highlights and notes
option and they'll be able to
just read what they highlighted to see if it
really does make sense to see if they really
did summarize the text,
you'll see they can label their highlights as well.
So if they want to label these maybe
you'll see, I have a few different labels they've already used.
maybe they highlighted the introduction
of something. They can choose the highlights
and list that here. Um Again, if they
may be confused about something,
they can just note that here. And again,
they can save this for themselves.
They can choose to send this over somewhere if
they want to send it to their drives or if maybe they want
to email it to you,
they can download or they can print right here as
well. So this is another great way to
just have them kind of talk to the text
and pull it apart and really understand
what exactly it's trying to say
and then clicking into it. They can easily get
right back here
to this main page and make edits. However
they want to do that.
I want to jump back into my presentation
slides because of a few different bits
of inspiration for activities that I hope
will help you get this content to
your students. So do you have any questions
just about the content we took a look at or
a few of those different tools we explored?
OK. I don't see any. So I quickly
want to mention we have a lot of pre
creative activities already found
on our support site, which is support.gale.com
And while a lot of these activities aren't specifically
focused on social and emotional learning,
they give you kind of a great template if you want
to get your students involved using that kind
of option. So the
first we have is a scavenger hunt. We have
a huge collection of scavenger hunts.
but these are great teams just to start up
as well. So if you want to have a scavenger hunt, maybe
about emotions or something like that,
you go ahead and edit this to include just content
related to emotions.
Another great way to get this content into your
classroom is using an escape room and
we do have a full blank escape
room on our support site for you. So
again, as you look for this specific
content you want, maybe it is working with the
team, maybe it's conflict resolution.
Maybe it's perspective taking,
you can build a full escape room around
that using the template we already have created on
the support site. So no reinventing
the wheel for you.
You also might want to consider trading cards.
We use those for a lot of different
topics within the resource. So you'll
see this one here. I pulled forward is just for solar
systems, but it could also be great for
emotions, you know, anger, sadness,
And then on the back, you'll have them fill out
whatever information you want them to fill out.
When do people feel angry? How do people
express their anger?
And it's also a great idea to have them cite
their sources on the backs of these
trading cards as well. Within
the resource, we actually have a citation tool
where students could just click and get that citation
create, created for them.
It's an excellent way to have them practice citing
So nice, simple trading cards
and we also have things you'll see. This one here is
focused specifically on bullying. So this
one is kind of pulling forward that social
emotional learning, those life skills.
This one's in just an article
article report like a book report,
they find an article within Galan context elementary
that's about bullying
and then they read through the article, they
go over the why of the article, the
what did you learn? Reflections? And
then you see this one also has a class presentation
set up as well.
So these are just a few different ways that you can kind
of get in contact elementary
into your classroom. Instead of just
focusing on research projects.
Of course, we want your students to
use this for their research. Always, always.
But it also offers quite
a few different activity options to really
engage students electronically
as opposed to strictly
on paper. So
quite a few different new options for you
to take a look at there
and that's what I have for you today. We do have
a few minutes left. So I would love to answer questions,
that anyone may have left over again.
If you're looking for some more specific
activity suggestions, we do have
our support site where you can find those. So
if you want to pull that, blank
escape room, if you're planning and running in emotions,
escape room or a teamwork escape room,
you'll find that on our support site as well as
scavenger hunts. all that good
I definitely recommend taking a look
if you do have the time.
If you have more questions about this or maybe
about Gale and contact elementary, just
in general, you can reach out to your customer
success manager. If you don't know who it is,
just send an email to [email protected]
and they can help you
out. They can also work with you
to take a look at the support site. If you want to take a look
at the materials we have available, to
really integrate this into your lessons.
You can certainly do that
if you don't have access to Gale and Context
elementary right now, but you're interested, reach
out to your sales consultant. If you don't know
who they are, you can send I'm sorry,
you can go to support.gale.com/repfinder
and you'll be
forwarded to the correct individual and you can talk about
this resource with them, or maybe talk
about your gale ebooks and how you can get those integrated
within gale and context elementary.
And finally, I do have a quick session survey
here. If you have the time to take it, I have a QR
code posted. It's also going
to pop up in your browser once we're done here for
the day. But I would love for you to take that
just so we can make sure that we're always
kind of hitting what you're looking for
when you join these sessions. We want to make sure
that you're getting the content that you need.